Lifespan – Abilities Illuminated

Seriously! The Scientific and Psychological values of SMILING.


When I was younger, everybody would say, “Your smile is beautiful.”  As a  matter of fact, I’ve always been told my smile is one of my best attributes.

I’ve discovered some very important things about SMILES.

To smile” is to form one’s facial features into a pleasing, kind or amusing expression; typically with the corners of the mouth turned up and the front teeth exposed.

(By the way, it takes 62 muscles to frown, but only 26 to smile.)

According to Maya Angelou, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”

So, if you have only one smile in you, give it away!

Scientists have discovered that smiling on-purpose helps people feel better.  Just the simple act of putting a smile on your face can lead you to feel and experience happiness, joy and amusement.  Smiling on purpose changes the chemistry in your brain.  Smiling has also been proven to help people deal with and manage depression and anxiety.

We never know what our co-ambassadors are going through on a personal level.   Some days they may be struggling inside and one simple smile from you can brighten their day, ease their burden and help them refocus their day.  A sincere smile has the power to transform.

I challenge you to try it!   Smile.   Smile at someone today and see what happens.   It just might change their day…and yours, too!

Dantrelle “Dannie” Mcclure (Administrative Assistant LIFESPAN & LIFEWORKS)

(By they way, Dannie challenged all of us gathered at LIFESPAN Shopton to smile. And to help us do it, she provided a “Selfie Frame” Take a look at what happened.   It was transformative!   And P.S. thanks for the Smile Bags, Dannie.)

“Dannie” McClure